Committee on Literacy


To develop and recommend the association's policies related to the promotion of literacy; to develop and encourage the development of programs, educational opportunities, and other resources that assist librarians and libraries in promoting literacy; to raise the awareness of literacy within the association; to work cooperatively with the literacy assembly, the office for literacy and outreach services and its advisory committee, and other ALA units, including the Washington Office, on efforts that have a literacy focus; to develop and maintain partnerships with national literacy organizations.


Juliet I. Machie (Chair, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011)
Barbara L. Flynn (Member, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012)
Eric L. Frierson (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2011)
Dr. Elizabeth Friese (Member, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012)
Terri L. Grief (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2011)
Sharon L. Grimes (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2011)
Ms. Amanda Louise Marchand (Member, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012)
Mark E. Pumphrey (Member, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011)
Patricia H. Smith (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2011)
Mr. Yago Said Cura (Intern, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2011)
Laura S. Oanes (Intern, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012)
Dr. Dale P. Lipschultz (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2012)

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The Committee on Literacy consists of 10 members appointed by the Committee on Appointments, in cooperation with the ALA president-elect, serving 2 year staggered terms and led by a chair, appointed annually.

Subcommittees & Task Forces

  • Literacy Assembly

Definition of Literacy

Adopted by the Committee on Literacy June 24, 2005, at its meeting during ALA Annual Conference in Chicago:

[Literacy is defined as the ability to use] "printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." United States Department of Education, 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.

Meeting at ALA Annual, Orlando

All Committee Meeting - Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

Friday, June 24
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W209 A/B

Joint meeting of all association and council committees to which the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) liaisons, followed by business meetings:

  • Committee on Diversity and its sub-committees (Spectrum Advisory Committee, Spectrum Scholars Interest Group, Spectrum Jury, Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee)
  • Committee on Literacy 
  • Committee on Rural, Native & Tribal Libraries of All Kinds